Hurricane Storm Surge Readiness and Safety Tips
Storm surge is one of the most destructive threats to life and structures during a tropical cyclone. It is not the just the wind, but the storm surge that is responsible for many deaths and damage. Now is the time to prepare and know if your home, place of business, work, or someone you care for is at risk.
Following is information from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration about being prepared and knowing if your risk.
The NOAA National Hurricane Centerinteractive web tool, the National Storm Surge Hazard Maps can to help you find out.
These storm surge hazard mapsoffsite link enable people living in hurricane-prone coastal areas to evaluate their risk of coastal flooding due to storm surge. And don’t forget, storm surge is not just a beachfront problem. The hazard extends many miles inland from the immediate coastline in some areas. Understanding this risk gives you the time to take action when emergency managers tell you to evacuate.
If you or a loved one live in or visit a location that may be affected by a tropical cyclone, get to know the potential hazards before hurricane season starts. It is also a great idea to have an evacuation or 'hurricane' plan in place. For more information visit NOAA’s National Hurricane Center.